Your Period: What’s Normal

Your Period: What’s Normal

Your period – the one week (if you are lucky) of the month than most women dread. I’ve never met anyone who looks forward to their period and all that comes with it, i.e the pain, the cramps, the hormone swings. For some, it’s accompanied by headaches and nausea, too. We haven’t suffered enough, right? 

For some women, the pain of their period is more than what a couple of paracetamol can fix. It’s more than just a day or two of bad hormones and eating all the chocolate. It’s a chronic pain condition, with no seeming end to the pain for two weeks a month. The worst thing about it is that chronic pain is often a symptom of a larger issue, so what some women think are just bad periods is actually something bigger. PCOS, something I have is one example. Endometriosis, another, is a condition where the cells that are usually found in the lining of the womb decide to toddle off to other parts of the body where they are not welcome. They’ll bleed no matter where they are in the body, which means that those with endometriosis are in severe and chronic pain.

So, how do you tell what’s normal (bearing in mind all women are different) and what’s not? How do you know what you’re feeling is just your period and not endometriosis? 

  1. If the pain is getting in the way of your daily routine, you need to think about whether this is something that you can manage or not. Pain happens with a period, and sometimes that pain takes your breath away. However, if you’re fainting, throwing up or unable to move from the foetal position, then you need a doctor to see what’s going on.
  2. Your cramping is supposed to be in your stomach, lower back and possibly the tops of your legs when you have your period. Exercise, painkillers and sleep should help. With endometriosis? The pain can also be in the liver, the lungs and other areas of the abdomen that don’t involve the pelvic organs.
  3. Period pain is cyclical, so the week leading up to/during/after your period is usually filled with hormones, but the actual cramping is usually going to occur on the days you are physically bleeding. With endometriosis, you’re dealing with possible scar tissue which can cause pain whenever it wants to. 
  4. Pain after sex should always be reported to a doctor, and if you have pain after regular sex, you need investigation. Endometriosis can cause this, and it may not flare just on your period but the rest of the month, too.
  5. Lastly, if you experience pain while you’re on the toilet, you need to speak to the doc. It may not be endometriosis-related, and it may not be period related, either. Speak to the doctor and you’ll know whether the pain you feel during your bowel movements while on your period are normal or not.

Don’t be dismissive when it comes to your period if things don’t seem right or you are experiencing more pain than expected. 

 

Creating The Perfect Look

Creating The Perfect Look

How we look can play an important role in how we feel. Whether we want to wrap up because it is cold or be bold enough to show off a little skin in the warmer months, our confidence in the clothes we wear and our appearance can make a huge difference. Creating the perfect look is not about trying to recreate catwalk looks, it’s about finding a style that suits you and makes you feel as special and you undoubtedly are.

Creating The Perfect Look: Look After Your Skin

During the winter, our faces can take a lot, from the cold wind to drying out. So now is the perfect time to think about showing it a little attention ready for the warmer months ahead. Speaking with a skincare expert can help identify your problem areas and where you need to pay extra attention. They may be able to advise you on some of the best products to use and try.

Our skin is on show a lot more during the summer, so it isn’t just our faces that need attention but the rest of our body as well. Now is the time that we get our legs out and show them some love and care. Our skin will be much dryer after winter so investing in a good body moisturiser can help to alleviate that ahead of the seasonal changes. You may want to try some of those gradual tan lotions that can give your body a healthy glow. 

Creating The Perfect Look –  Fashion Choices

During the warmer months, we can pull out the maxi dresses and skirts and go with a more relaxed fashion choice. For some reason, a summer dress can look great during the day and night. Making good fashion choices will go a long way to creating a perfect summer or winter look. You may want to consider a loose fitted dress and team it up with some sandals. Or some cropped jeans and a look online at women’s blouses to get some ideas. Both looks are timeless and will look great at any time of the day. In the winter, many of us can tend to gravitate towards a jumper and jeans combination, but this doesn’t have to be boring. You could wear statement jewellery or add colourful scarves. When it comes to creating the perfect look you need to be comfortable too!

Choose Your Makeup Wisely

Makeup doesn’t always have to be full-on. Things like BB Creams are essential at this time of year as it can give you a glow without a full face of makeup clogging up your pores. Not only do they give your skin tone an even and flawless complexion but they also have the added SPF protection built-in. This is ideal for when the weather gets warmer. A little bronzer and long lashes and you are good to go. The only thing you could do to enhance the look is to apply a lovely bright lipstick for an evening twist. 

Remember that everyone’s skin is different so look at different brands and ask for recommendations before spending a fortune.

Your Hair Can Be One Of Your Best Features

Finally, your hair can often be lifeless in the winter months, so you may want to start being adventurous with the way you tie it up. There is nothing wrong with adding a cute Alice band to your head to complete a look. In the summer, things are a little different. Letting your hair dry naturally and embracing a more low-key beach vibe could be a great way to enhance your look with minimal effort. 

For me, hair care is all about the right cut (I have thick curly hair) and hair products. I use a vegan oil in my hair these days and the difference is significant!

What’s your best tip for creating the perfect look?

 

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